Sunday, July 30, 2017

Nicholas K Spring/Summer 2016.

Thus. 09/10/2015.

The Nicholas K woman of Spring 2016 is an Urban Adventuress cloaked in "Mad Max" Caliber nomadic layers and tough, yet pretty, swaths of fabric rustling about her in billowing and voluminous amounts! Nicholas and Christopher Kunz's Spring selections were a spectacular pre-future/post apocalyptic nomadic mishmash that summoned images of the elegance of Bedouins, T. E. Lawrence and Paratroopers all in the same breath.

The saving grace of this look was the exciting juxtaposing of roughness and lightness, using featherweight parachute nylons and filmy chiffons, the militaristic styling and cuts imbued the rigid uprightness of the Martial outfits of soldiers and paratroopers with a flowing liquidity that merged into something if not exactly quixotic, certainly quirky! One could take the designers to task for perhaps one too many riffs on this trope, because the collection felt somewhat overloaded with ideas, there was never per se, an exact repeat of an outfit, but far too many variants on the theme at hand. While this was distracting, it did not detract from the proceedings so much as it led to a bit of visual fatigue.

The collection opened with shades of White from creamy to optic, and moved on through inky Indigo dip-dying, to Desert Bronze and Hazelnut Brown, to Black, Mahogany and a rather spicy shade of deep Saffron that worked as the Kunz's one go at colour in the mostly dark and neutral palette of the collection. The Kunz's also counterpointed all those floaty and filmy fabrics with much tougher weather beaten leathers and suede as well as that urban favorite material, denim. These acted as a more hard edged foil to all the gossamer light material wafting down the runway and enhanced the look of those outfits by given them a bit more gutsiness and attitude.

When it was all said and done, Nicholas and Christopher put down a a seriously chic showing fit for the Urban Road Warrioress. It may have had it's hiccups, which were admittedly, very few, but in the end, the collection was a major success.

That's All.


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